Monday, April 20, 2020

Local Health Officials Say State Nears Peak of COVID-19 Cases

Oklahoma is likely near the peak of COVID-19 cases in the state, according to a Sequoyah County Health Department official.

Mandi Collins said Monday that there are currently 2,680 positive cases of the coronavirus in the state and 143 deaths. That number includes 10 cases in Sequoyah County and two deaths. This week case numbers are expected to hit their highest levels, Collins said.

Collins discussed ways folks can stay healthy as the pandemic begins to ease off, including continuing social distancing, wearing masks, washing hands and more. She urged people who are visiting a parent or grandparent to wear masks and leave their shoes outside while they are in the house. As always, Collins said hand-washing is also key in stopping the spread.

Collins also talked about the proper treatment of groceries. She said there are no documented cases of the virus being spread through food or packaging, but she recommended washing produce then putting other groceries away as usual. And, when you are finished, WASH YOUR HANDS! The same guidelines apply for ordering packages online, she said.

Collins said the health department currently does not have COVID-19 antibody tests available but expects to have some soon. The antibody test is to check if you’ve had the virus already, while the diagnostic test (the nasal swab) checks to see if you currently have the virus, she said.

If you think you may have the coronavirus and you have symptoms such as a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, a dry cough and shortness of breath, you may call (918) 775-2021 to make an appointment for testing.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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